Best Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco

July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated sushi restaurants in San Francisco. 

Saru Sushi Bar
Japanese · Noe Valley · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

"Look no further" than this Noe Valley storefront serving "superb" Japanese cuisine highlighted by some of the "most succulent" sushi from around the globe and "divine" appetizers that fans simply "cannot get enough" of; the "teeny" , art-adorned space is a "well-known secret" , so "show up early" to score a seat – "you won’t be disappointed."
Zushi Puzzle
Japanese · Marina District · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.2

Some of the "most unique and uniquely prepared seafood in the city" – including "killer" sushi, sashimi and hand rolls – "beckons" fans to this "funky little" Japanese joint in the Marina; granted, it lacks "the decor of some of the hipper" spots, but if your budget can withstand it, "sit at the bar" overseen by the "fantastic" Roger Chong and "ask for the chef recommendations" "you won’t be disappointed."
Kiss Seafood
Seafood · Japantown · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

When it comes to "amazing" sushi and other "superb" Japanese dishes, this "high-end" Japantown "treasure" from a "mom-and-pop" duo provides an "exemplary" experience that you'll "remember for years" , especially via the "master chef's" omakase ( "dinner and a show" ); just remember the "quiet" space has only 12 seats, so be sure to "reserve early" ; P.S. closed Sunday-Tuesday.
Akiko's Sushi Bar
Japanese · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"A true gem" "tucked away" near Union Square, this Japanese spot is known for "top-notch" sushi "wonderfully prepared" by a crew of "awesome" chefs and presented by servers who "do their job well" ; while the "simple" space is "nothing trendy or cute" , it’s a favorite among "many locals."
Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant & Bar
Japanese · Nob Hill · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

A "popular" "late-night" scene, this Nob Hill "basement sushi bar" turns out "fresh" , "well-executed" fish touted for "great quality at the right price" ; it’s an "energetic" , "divey" setting for "after-clubbing munchies" (served till 1:30 AM), complete with a "DJ in the corner" some nights.
Kabuto Sushi
Japanese · Inner Richmond · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

"Inventive sushi is the star" at this "quality" -driven Inner Richmond Japanese place, whose "artist" chefs "really take care" with their "exciting" creations (omakase spreads included); even with "rather pricey" rates and a compact storefront space – "you don’t come for the atmosphere" – there's typically "a wait to get in."
ICHI Sushi
Sushi · Bernal Heights · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Go with the omakase and prepare to be amazed" at this Bernal Heights Japanese, which takes "fabulous" rolls and sashimi to "a new level" while also providing "delectable" cooked dishes, sakes and shochu cocktails; the "sushi bar is where it's at" for watching the "well-trained chefs" , and while it gets "pricey" , the contemporary space also has happy-hour specials.
Sushi · Inner Sunset · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

With its "fresh-from-the-ocean" sushi and "creative" grilled plates, this Inner Sunset sleeper offers "top-of-the-line" Japanese dining with a "neighborhood" feel; the decor and service take a backseat to the cuisine, but the happy-hour deals are among "the best" around.
Elephant Sushi
Sushi · Russian Hill · $$

These family-owned neighborhood sushi stops serve midpriced Japanese starters, salads, mains and specials, along with beer, wine and sake, in compact spaces that employ thoughtful, contemporary design touches and seating options ranging from cozy tables to casual bar seating.